Aflatoxin within the food value chain in Kenya

  • 15th August 2016
  • by secretary
Stephen Muchiri, CEO of EAFF

15-20 August 2016. Kenya. AFLANET: Aflatoxin Networking on Aflatoxin Reduction in the Food Value Chain. The goal of this project is to establish a long-term network be-tween scientific and development partners in Kenya/East Africa and Germany to address the reduction of aflatoxins in the food value chain. It is funded by German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) (Project Duration: 01.07.2016 – 31.07.2017).

At the beginning of the project a study tour of 5 days to various stakeholders in the agricultural production chain, visits of acreages for maize and visits to research institutions and laboratories was organized. The aim was to evaluate which groups and projects are working on aflatoxin minimization and which parameters of minimization strategies for aflatoxins in maize and dairy products are already established and applied. The purpose is to develop intense and long-lasting contacts between German and Kenyan actors in the agricultural feed and food sector.

Solutions for a long-term aflatoxin minimization in the diet of the Kenyan people were to be identified by visiting the circumstances in Kenya and a subsequent workshop, and thus to contribute

Charles Nkonge

to secure food and feed. The excursion considered the priority research objectives in this project and established contacts with key actors in the agricultural food
sectors who are convinced of a fruitful future collaboration. By means of these contacts current research issues were gathered dealing with aflatoxin contamination in the food value chain in Kenya.

The following institutions are involved in the Aflanet project:

  • East African Farmers Federation (EAFF)
  • GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) together with Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA-labs)
  • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), visit the research station, labs and field sites
  • Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs),
  • Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS)
  • University of Nairobi (UoN): visit facilities working on aflatoxin
For the last day approx. 10-12 representatives from research institutions, projects, stakeholders of crop production, storage and processing facilities as well as from consumer protection associations were invited to participate in a one-day-conference in order to generate the necessary further research.

Related PAEPARD blogposts:
Aflatoxins in Eastern Africa. This special issue of AJFAND is a contribution to better understanding several aspects of the multi-faceted problem of aflatoxins, focused on East Africa.